Monday, April 15, 2013

MMGM -- Loki's Wolves


  Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born.

Loki's Wolves

by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr
Expected publication: May 7th 2013
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok, that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters--wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds, all bent on destroying the world.

The gods died a long time ago.

Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history--because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt's classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.

However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids--led by Matt--will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen's lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.
First, you should know this book passed the "kid test", as both my 5th grade son AND 3rd grade daughter read it and loved it. It took my son a little longer to get sucked into the story than my daughter, but once he did he couldn't put it down. He even used it for a book report, feeling pretty proud of himself for sharing a book that isn't out yet!
Loki's Wolves is a fantastic middle grade fantasy-adventure, and it lives up to the reader expectations that come from such well-known authors. I highly recommend it for all mythology lovers!


Old Kitty said...

Hi lovely Shannon!! Thanks for the intro and review of this book! Sounds thoroughly super exciting - love that the fate of the world rests with these feisty children! Good for you son and his report! yay! Take care

Rosi said...

This sounds like a fun concept that kids would love. Thanks for the heads up on this one. I think my grandson would love it.

Barbara Watson said...

Cool! I didn't read a book that wasn't 'out' yet until two years ago. :-) Tell your son I thought it was pretty neat too.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I loved this too. I'm interviewing Kelley Armstrong in early May and giving away my ARC. Glad your kids liked it.

SA Larsenッ said...

This cover is soooooooooooooo MG! I love it. And the whole Norse myth subject is fascinating! Thanks so much for sharing this one.

Brenda said...

Norse mythology and kid passed, I'm so reading this one.

DMS said...

I love mythology and this one sounds like such fun! I plan to pick this one up soon!

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